Pope to release album Alma Mater–Music From The Vatican
Pope will release a music album in November next, according to reports.
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will release “Alma Mater– Music From The Vatican” featuring Marian hymns, prayers, chants, etc., including “Regina Coeli”, by California (USA) based record label Geffen Records owned by Universal Music Group (UMG), which is a subsidiary of Vivendi.
Pope, accompanied by the choir of the Philharmonic Academy of Rome and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, will sing specially-commissioned pieces from international group of composers of various faiths, a collection of Lauretan Litanies and Marian popular chants, in French, Latin, Italian, German, and Portuguese.
With this album, Pope will be joining Ashlee Simpson, Guns N’ Roses, Snoop Dogg, Nirvana, Elton John, etc., on this label. UMG, headquartered in Santa Monica (California), is the world’s leading music company with offices in 71 countries. Vivendi, based in Paris, is a world leader in communications and entertainment. Jean-Bernard Lévy is the Chief Executive Officer of Vivendi while Jean-René Fourtou is its Board Chairman. “Alma Mater” is Latin for “nourishing mother”. Proceeds from this album will go for providing music education for underprivileged children around the world.